Of Indian heritage, Ami was born in 1956 in Paris, France. Her parents were interested in the arts, and influenced her love of literature, music, art and drama. Ami traveled around the world with her parents and two younger brothers, and was exposed to a variety of multicultural experiences. Like all writers, she loved the world of words, and wrote poems, short stories and one-act plays as a child. As a voracious reader, she developed a flair for speed reading early on and rapidly absorbed work from diverse genres.
Ami holds a master’s degree in counseling, with graduate studies in English literature and criticism. She worked in the fields of education and counseling for a number of years, and eventually returned to writing in her forties. Ami has been running and managing Pirene’s Fountain, a poetry journal, for several years. She edited and published Sunrise from Blue Thunder in response to the Japan 2011 disaster. Her poems, reviews and articles have appeared in various journals including First Literary Review- East, Tears in the Fence, Cartier Street Review, Wild Goose Poetry Review, Peony Moon, Scottish Poetry Review, and Diode Poetry Journal, among others. Ami’s work was nominated for the James B. Baker award, and included in poetry anthologies. She is the author of What Hands Can Hold. As the publisher of Glass Lyre Press, she is happy to realize her dream of making books, and considers it a privilege to work with the many talented people she meets along the way.
In an effort to support her fellow publishers, Ami subscribes to a number of literary magazines, and collects books for her personal library. She enjoys opera, theatre, film, anime, and the various performing arts and cultures of the world. She and her husband have been married for 34 years and live in the Chicago area; they have two grown sons and a new daughter-in-law. Ami believes in all that brings people together, and approaches life with an attitude of learning. She feels a humble heart, an open mind and a free spirit are most conducive to life and art.